Newest Medal of Honor recipient recounts intense mission to rescue a hostage from the Taliban’s grip U.S. Navy photo

Monday, Navy Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. will receive the Medal of Honor for his courage under fire while serving in Afghanistan. Byers helped save a hostage from the Taliban’s hold. That mission would forever change his SEAL team.

Byers began his naval career as a Hospital Corpsman. He’s deployed overseas 11 times, with nine combat tours. Byers has received the Bronze Star with Valor (five awards), the Purple Heart (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards, one with Valor), the Combat Action ribbon (two awards) and the Good Conduct Medal (five awards).

In this new Department of Defense video, Byers shares the harrowing story of the intense mission for which he’s being recognized.

Yolanda R. Arrington is a content editor for Rare. Tweet her @iamyolanda and like her on Facebook.
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